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South Arm Boardriders claim state title

CLIFTON Beach-based South Arm Boardriders (SABR) has retained its title as Tasmania’s top boardrider club after Surfing Australia’s Scamander round of the 2021/22 national Hyundai Australian Boardrider Club Battle.

Park Beach Boardriders Club caused an upset by winning heat one and progressing straight through to the finals, leaving SABR, the local North East Boardriders club and the North West Boardriders (NWBR) to fight it out for the two places left in the final.

In the end, it was the SABR and NWBR surfers who found quality waves to build big scores and secure final berths.

SABR was packed full of multiple state champions such as Lizzy Stokely, Rudy Davis and Toby Lawrence, making it challenging competition for the other state clubs.

However, the terrific surf conditions on the day played into the hands of all surfers who found another level and excelled in the one to two metre offshore left and right-hand waves.

SABR surfer and current Open Men’s State Champion Rudy Davis was the standout performer and won the Oakley Performer Award for the second year.

The Hyundai Australian Boardrider Battle event is part of the national series held each year to find Australia’s best club.

The national final will be held in Newcastle in February, where SABR will line up against Australia’s best surfers.